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Karen Finley’s feel-good AIDS rage

Karen Finley’s feel-good AIDS rage

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  From the lobby greeter’s gentle disclaimer to the nervous pre-show audience chatter, there was no shortage of gallows humor surrounding the notion of spending an intense Thursday night at a show about close friends lost to AIDS — as if calling out the evening’s downbeat nature would take some of the […]

The radiant center of all things

The radiant center of all things

BY TRAV S.D. (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  Company XIV has single-handedly spoiled it for all of the other New York indie theatre companies as far as I am concerned. They are so bloody good, they speak to me on so many levels, that the bar is too high for most of them to clear, and I’d just as […]

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 4, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 4, 2014

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | HUDSON PARK LIBRARY’S MEL BROOKS FESTIVAL Hudson Park Library’s free film series spends every Thursday in September paying tribute to what’s arguably the very best of Mel Brooks’ cinematic output — bookended by a pair of 1974 classics (“Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”) that made it very difficult to ever again take westerns […]

A fresh batch of usual suspects

A fresh batch of usual suspects

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | General Manager Christian De Gré is happy about the large dark cloud hovering over this year’s New York International Fringe Festival. Other than its abbreviation — FringeNYC — there’s nothing small-scale about this 17-day, 18-venue East and West Village marathon of comedy, drama, music, and dance. For the 200 applicants chosen (out […]

Gender Role Rebels Become Comic Book Heroes

Gender Role Rebels Become Comic Book Heroes

BY SCOTT STIFFLER    |  Well-rounded vigilantes don costumes, embrace their true identities, and risk their lives patrolling the mean streets of a square city unable to embrace their unconventional lifestyle — while twisted villains lurk in the shadows, hiding behind masks. That’s just one of the thrilling, action-packed aspects of this sassy, daffy, heartfelt, […]

A story as American as his music

A story as American as his music

BY MICHAEL LYDON  (michaellydon.com)  |  My ambition is to reach the heart of the average American, not the highbrow nor the lowbrow but that vast intermediate crew which is the real soul of the country. My public is the real people. —Irving Berlin Through the 20th century’s first decades, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Irving […]

The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

The Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  This month’s column is all about avoiding boredom and work…oh wait…that’s each month! However, there comes a time in every underemployed elf’s life when one must look for a job — especially when you spend half your day trying to log onto the NY Department of Labor’s website, to no […]

Marxfest, a month at the races, carries on

Marxfest, a month at the races, carries on

BY SAM SPOKONY |  As the story goes, four of the five Marx Brothers got their iconic nicknames during a poker game in 1914, years before they broke out and became one of America’s most beloved comedy acts. It was the vaudevillian Art Fisher who bequeathed the monikers as he was dealing to each brother […]

Irish Prime Minister Pledges Partnership with Hell’s Kitchen Arts Center

Irish Prime Minister Pledges Partnership with Hell’s Kitchen Arts Center

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, center, spoke at the soon-to-be-expanded Irish Arts Center on March 17, flanked by IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly, right and IAC Vice Chair Pauline Turley. Photo by Sam Spokony BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As he spoke to a beaming crowd in the cramped lobby of the Irish Arts Center (IAC) […]

Lost lambs on a hero’s journey

Lost lambs on a hero’s journey

Andy Belanger’s artwork puts a muscular spin on Shakespeare’s most iconic characters. ARTWORK BY ANDY BELANGER BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  If Shakespeare were around in the 1960s, his mighty pen and massive stable of players might have found a suitable home in the comic book pages — where, like the best Marvel and DC […]

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